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conceive of (someone or something)

To think of someone or something, often in a particular way. Considering her lack of patience, I have a really hard time conceiving of her as a kindergarten teacher. Leave it to Ben to conceive of a totally ridiculous plan.
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conceive of (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To think of someone or something in a different way than usual. Considering her lack of patience, I have a really hard time conceiving of her as a kindergarten teacher.
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conceive of someone or something

to think of or invent the notion of someone or something. Who on earth ever conceived of doing this? Edison conceived of many very useful things that we now use every day.
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conceive of someone or something as someone or something

to think of someone as being someone else; to think of something as being something else. I can't conceive of you as a pilot. I can conceive of this grassy spot as a very interesting setting for a cottage.
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The researchers said the finding suggested that environmental factors, for example, exposure to seasonal viruses like influenza, might play a role in the greater risk they found of children conceived during the winter having autism.
Like the buildings, the garden is conceived as an evolving entity, growing and responding through the efforts of the children.
They also question whether the technique's $2,000 price tag makes it a practical way to conceive a baby -- especially since it can only be administered to embryos conceived through the already costly IVF process.
"Our findings are reassuring for clinicians and patients as they suggest that being conceived through IVF does not have any detrimental effects on a child's intelligence or cognitive development," said study's lead author Bradley Van Voorhis.
To investigate the cognitive and behavioral profiles of children conceived using assisted reproductive technology according to sperm origin, Ms.
"Our research shows that this remains true, however a child is conceived."
Mothers who conceived via IVF were more likely to be white, non-Hispanic, more educated, and older.
The researchers advise parents of children conceived with IVF to concentrate on other heart disease risk factors.
Critique: An erudite work of impressively insightful scholarship, "The Son Conceived in Drunkenness: Magical Plants in the World of the Greek Hero" is a unique and extraordinary contribution to Hellenic Studies.
Diana Hayden former Miss World was recently in the news for having delivered a baby girl conceived using her frozen eggs.
I wonder what makes you so sure it's ill conceived?
Twins conceived by IVF or conceived spontaneously often do not grow at the same rate, and the reported incidence of discordant growth in both pregnancies varies from 10 to 30% [2, 3].
"I conceive, I conceive, I conceive ...," he began, to which Churchill commented, "The honorable member conceived thrice but did not bring forth anything.
17 women had conceived after developing obstetric fistula, 13 before repair and six after repair (with two conceiving both pre- and post-repair).